Sister, Sister [NOOK Book]

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Sassy, comical, and true-to-life, Sister, Sister tells the tale of three young African-American womenperky wife Valerie, scheming social worker Inda, and broken-hearted flight attendant Chiquitaand how their lives are coming together, and apart, in Los Angeles. Fresh and in-your-face, this witty novel depicts a world where women sometimes have to alter their dreams, but ...
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Overview

Sassy, comical, and true-to-life, Sister, Sister tells the tale of three young African-American womenperky wife Valerie, scheming social worker Inda, and broken-hearted flight attendant Chiquitaand how their lives are coming together, and apart, in Los Angeles. Fresh and in-your-face, this witty novel depicts a world where women sometimes have to alter their dreams, but never have to stop embracing the future.


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Editorial Reviews

Boston Globe
Dickey imagines his characters with affection and sympathy...His novel achieves genuine emotional depth.
Crusader Urban News
There's a little sumthin'sumthin in this book we can all relate to. But the novel, read it. Relate, Relax, Release.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
It takes guts for a male writer to tackle the trials and tribulations of upwardly mobile African American women. But that's what Dickey does, with mixed results, in his first novel, a high-spirited celebration of black sisterhood. Southern California sisters Valerie and Inda are close. Fair-skinned Valerie is the younger of the two and takes after their white mother in appearance. After six years of lousy marriage to Walter, she knows she's miserable but doesn't know any role other than that of satellite eternally in orbit around a husband. Inda, who inherited their father's dark skin and features, has a stable career, but a divorce from her white husband has made her pessimistic about men of any color, a situation exacerbated by flagrant evidence of her current lover's infidelities. Inda meets Chiquita, a young flight attendant, whom she instinctively likes, and their friendship is cast when they discover they both have been simultaneously deceived by Raymond, who is engaged to a third woman. Chiquita is drawn into the girls' tight-knit family as she falls for their brother, Brown, and learns something from them about courage and love. In recovering from their individual disappointments, Valerie, Inda and Chiquita risk new relationships, strengthened by one another's humor, candor and understanding. The book suffers somewhat from multiple points of view and an unevenness of characterization. Inda and Chiquita, who are given first-person voices, are bold and sassy. Valerie, whose sections are all third-person narrative, is sketchy by comparison. Though flawed, Dickey's novel brims with humor, outrageousness and an understanding of the generosity of affection. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Dickey tells the story of three adult siblings whose adventures in love cause them to lose their patience but not their sense of humor. His novel shows that there is a difference between knowing the right thing to do and finding the will to do it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101209073
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 12/1/1997
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 230,158
  • File size: 507 KB

Meet the Author

Eric Jerome Dickey

Eric Jerome Dickey was born in Memphis, Tennessee and attended the University of Memphis (the former Memphis State), where he earned his degree in Computer System Technology. In 1983, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in engineering.



After landing a job in the aerospace industry as a software developer, Eric Jerome Dickey's artistic talents surfaced, inspiring him to become an actor and a stand-up comedian. Yet Eric quickly found out that writing was something he could do and do well. From creative writing classes to avidly consuming the works of his favorite authors, Eric Jerome Dickey began to shape a writing career of his own. Having written several scripts for his personal comedy act, he started writing poetry and short stories. "The film work gave me insight into character development, the acting classes helped me understand motivation...All of it goes hand in hand," Eric explains. He joined the IBWA (International Black Writers and Artists), participated in their development workshops, and became a recipient of the IBWA SEED Scholarship to attend UCLA's Creative Writing classes. In 1994 his first published short story, "Thirteen," appeared in the IBWA's River Crossing: Voices of the Diaspora-An Anthology of the International Black Experience. A second short story, "Days Gone By," was published in the magazine A Place to Enter.



With those successes behind him, Eric Jerome Dickey decided to fine-tune some of his earlier work and developed a screenplay called "Cappuccino." "Cappuccino" was directed and produced by Craig Ross, Jr. and appeared in coffee houses around the Los Angeles area. In February 1998, "Cappuccino" made its local debut during the Pan African Film Festival at the Magic Johnson Theater in Los Angeles.



Short stories, though, didn't seem to fulfill Eric Jerome Dickey's creative yearnings. Eric says, "I'd set out to do a ten-page story and it would go on for three hundred pages." So Eric kept writing and reading and sending out query letters for his novels for almost three years until he finally got an agent. "Then a door opened," Eric says. "And I put my foot in before they could close it." And that door has remained opened, as Eric Jerome Dickey's novels have placed him on the map as one of the best writers of contemporary urban fiction.



Eric Jerome Dickey's book signing tours for Sister, Sister; Friends and Lovers; Milk in My Coffee; Cheaters; and Liar's Game took him from coast to coast and helped propel each of these novels to #1 on the "Blackboard Bestsellers List." Cheaters was named "Blackboard Book of the Year" in 2000. In June 2000, Eric Jerome Dickey celebrated the French publication of Milk in My Coffee (Cafe Noisette) by embarking on a book tour to Paris. Soon after, Milk in My Coffee became a bestseller in France.



Eric Jerome Dickey's novels, Chasing Destiny, Liar's Game, Between Lovers, Thieves' Paradise, The Other Woman, Drive Me Crazy, Genevieve, Naughty or Nice, Sleeping with Strangers, Waking with Enemies, and Pleasure have all earned him the success of a spot on The New York Times bestseller list. Liar's Game, Thieves' Paradise, The Other Woman, and Genevieve have also given Dickey the added distinction of being nominated for an NAACP Image Award in the category of Outstanding Literary Work in 2001, 2002, 2004, and 2005. In 2006, he was honored with the awards for Best Contemporary Fiction and Author of the Year (Male) at the 2006 African American Literary Award Show. In 2008, Eric was nominated for Storyteller of the Year at the 1st annual ESSENCE Literary Awards. In January 2001, Eric Jerome Dickey was a contributor to New American Library's anthology Got To Be Real: Four Original Love Stories, also a Blackboard Bestseller. He also had a story entitled “Fish Sanwich” appear in the anthology Mothers and Sons. In June 2002, Dickey contributed to Black Silk: A Collection of African American Erotica (Warner Books) as well as to Riots Beneath the Baobab (published by International Black Writers and Artists of Los Angeles in April 2002). His books have held steady positions on regional bestseller lists and have been featured in many publications, including ESSENCE, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times. Dickey's last novel, Pleasure, held true to form and landed on bestseller lists for The New York Times, USA Today, and ESSENCE.

Eric Jerome Dickey is also the author of a six issue miniseries of comic books for Marvel Enterprises featuring Storm (X-Men) and the Black Panther. His novel Naughty or Nice has been optioned by Lionsgate Films.










Biography

Eric Jerome Dickey was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and attended the University of Memphis (the former Memphis State), where he pledged Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and earned a degree in computer system technology. In 1983, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in engineering.

After landing a job in the aerospace industry working as a software developer, Dickey's artistic talents surfaced, inspiring him to become an actor and a stand-up comedian. He soon began working the local and national comedy circuit. In the early 1990s the aerospace industry took a downward turn and Dickey found himself "downsized," but took this as an opportunity to embark on a writing career.

Having written several scripts for his personal comedy act, Dickey started writing poetry and short stories. He joined the IBWA (International Black Writers and Artists), participated in their development workshops, and became a recipient of the IBWA SEED Scholarship to attend UCLA's creative writing classes. In 1994 his first published short story, "Thirteen," appeared in the IBWA's River Crossing, Voices of the Diaspora: An Anthology of the International Black Experience. A second short story, "Days Gone By," was published in the magazine A Place to Enter.

With those successes behind him, Dickey decided to fine-tune some of his earlier work and developed a screenplay called Cappuccino. Cappuccino was directed and produced by Craig Ross Jr. and appeared in coffeehouses around the Los Angeles area. In February 1998, Cappuccino made its local debut during the Pan African Film Festival at the Magic Johnson Theater in Los Angeles and is currently on the film festival circuit.

Dickey's book-signing tours for Sister, Sister, Friends and Lovers, and Milk in My Coffee took him coast to coast and helped propel these novels to No. 1 on the Blackboard bestsellers List. His books have been featured in many publications, including Essence magazine and USA Today, and have appeared on the bestseller lists of The Los Angeles Times, Blackboard, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. Dickey has appeared as a guest on many television shows, including BET's Our Voices and CNN's Sunday Morning Live.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA).

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    1. Hometown:
      Los Angeles, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 7, 1961
    2. Place of Birth:
      Memphis, Tennessee
    1. Education:
      B.S., University of Memphis, 1983
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Chapter One


VALERIE


Valerie knew Walter wasn't impotent. Not by a long shot. So, she figured it must be something about herself, something that she'd perhaps neglected, or maybe she wasn't trying hard enough.

    During her married years, her stomach had softened and she'd grown vague love handles. Her body was no longer that of a firm collegiate cheerleader from UCLA. That figure she believed would live forever had gradually changed. Now she was at her heaviest, up to almost one-thirty-five, twenty aggravating pounds more than she carried in college. But still, not bad for being five-seven. Besides, like her mother, her top stayed slim and she carried most of her new weight in her hips and thighs.

    And even though he was still his manly, handsome self and still wore his broad-shouldered, football-thick build, Walter had gradually gained almost forty unflattering pounds himself. Now at six feet, he weighed almost two-forty. Since he'd stopped working out, Walter had gotten lethargic and grown a noticeable gut. After college, despite his popularity, he didn't make the football draft and didn't make it as a walk-on. Over the last few years, he hadn't gotten much aerobic activity selling exotic cars.

    After Valerie showered and powdered, she dropped her hooded housecoat and looked at herself in the full-length mirror, touching her skin and breasts almost as if she was getting to know herself, making sure she was as perfect as she could be. Other than her butt not being as ethnically shaped as she wished—sometimes she'd joke with hermother that her backside was a result of being the product of an interracial marriage—she was a far, far cry from a woman with an undesirable figure. Occasional comments from youthful studs who thought she was as young as they reassured her. She used to love the way men of most races avidly flattered her. Now she hungered for her husband's attention.

    Her thick calves and small waist, her "happy tits," the things Walter used to rave about, never seemed to interest him anymore. The dry heat of September had come, reminding her that months had passed without him looking into her light green eyes. Now he looked away on the rare occasions he spoke to her and assumed she heard. He no longer pawed at her. The most affection she'd get would be when they bumped each other in the hall. Even then, she'd have to do it on purpose just so she could feel him and know he wasn't an apparition. At times she was afraid to touch him because he'd twitch and look at her like she'd committed a heinous wrong.

    Before he came home from work, Valerie prepared. She put a Vanessa Williams CD in the player that her mother had given her and cleaned the house from top to bottom. Even though it was still fresh, she changed the linen in both of the other upstairs bedrooms. In the master bedroom, she made sure the chest of drawers was dust-free, that no spots or stains marred the vanity mirrors, that everything in the walk-in closet was organized. After she took all the dirty clothes to the laundry room, she wiped down the burgundy leather furniture in the den, then fluffed the plush pillows on the pure white living room sofa and love seat. Next, she took Windex and Soft Scrub to both the upstairs and the downstairs bathrooms, then the kitchen counters. By noon, everything sparkled with devotion.

    She nervously smiled at the fresh new sheets on her king-size bed. Valerie had covered the love nest with a new soft paisley comforter that would glow amour under the dimmed lights. As sandalwood incense burned, she opened her cookbook and threw together Walter's favorite meal—Cajun-style chicken, red beans and rice, and a three-layer pineapple cake.

    After her labor of love, she napped to make sure she would be rested. Then she thoroughly bathed, douched the cobwebs from her overly neglected womanhood, and put on a very sweet, lusty, rosy fragranced toilet water that she paid too much for. She'd bought the best, the most potent, negligee she could find—one with a beautiful, crotchless entry to add to her burning naughtiness. She bought red because of the way it complemented her fair skin.

    She sat in the den and fidgeted, kept fixing herself up, then double-, triple-, quadruple-checked on all the already-perfect preparations. Still, after six years of marriage, she was as nervous as on the night she'd given him her virginity. He'd been her one and only.

    But time had done something to their union. Either he'd become a stranger, or she'd become a stranger—which one she didn't know. But she wanted her old love back.

    She did something else, something bold that she'd never done before. She put on a baseball cap, stuck on dark glasses, and drove from their middle-class tract located up in the safe Chino Hills down to the Pomona Indian Hill Swap Meet, waited until she thought no one was looking, at least no African-Americans, then slid into a video booth and bought two African-American XXX-rated movies—Boomer-wang and Baby Got Back—for educational reasons. She wanted to see what the sisters were doing, how they did it, what the brothers expected, and maybe find out if there was something she didn't do right or needed to learn how to do—sort of size up the competition. All she managed to get was horny because she got caught up in watching explicit things that hadn't happened to her in too long.

    Maybe she needed to change her look. Try something fresh, Valerie thought.

    When he was on the phone, she'd overheard Walter raving to his brothers about how good actress Halle Berry looked with her contemporary, short hair style. He said when Halle was Miss Ohio, her hair was much longer, and now she looked even better, "like a woman."

    So to please, to add to the spicing, to mold herself into something acceptable and attractive, she went to the beauty shop carrying a picture of Halle she'd cut off the cover of Ebony and had her back-length auburn hair mimicked down close and lightened.

    Hair that she'd lived with all of her twenty-nine years, the one thing she swore she'd never let go of, was gone in a flash. With each opening and closing of the scissors, her heart bled. With her hands balled tightly in her lap, she cringed and fought back a few tears with every strand that was abandoned. When the ecstatic hairdresser turned Valerie around to see the result, she only looked down at the floor and stared in disbelief at her pride, which had recklessly fallen to the ground. Fallen for him. Even when the other ladies in the shop told her that the "fresh cut" and new color seriously complemented her youthful, round face, she found no room in her heart to smile under her mourning. Sixty dollars and two hours of self-destruction.

    Walter came home an hour later than usual and noticed nothing. At least he said nothing about what he noticed before he showered, fumbled with the alarm clock, crawled under the covers, and made his camp on the far side of the bed. This Friday night she didn't want to give up that easy.

    In the middle of the night, she woke up and watched him sleep. Too much on her mind, too many wanting sensations running crazed in her body. Her urges needed to be baptized. As he slept, she slowly and gently began masturbating him. When it stood at a groggy attention, she eased the covers back and stared at it, eyes to eye.

    "Hello, stranger. Nice to see you."

    He hardly shifted when she began kissing and licking his manhood. When she put him inside her mouth, he lengthened, he moaned, he wiggled. She felt herself getting excited when his hips started to gyrate. She knew she was going to have her way.

    But then he suddenly woke up, looked down at her, and asked a disgusted, "W-W-What are you doing?"

    She continued savoring as she smiled up at him. He gently put his hands down on the side of her face. She thought he was going to help in the overdue therapy, to re-consummate the marriage, but he pushed her head back, pulled himself out of her mouth, and yanked the covers back on top of himself.

    "Can I get on top? Walter, let me get on top. Baby, I know you've had a long day. I'll do all the work. It won't take me but a minute to please both of us, then we can cuddle up and go back to sleep. Walter? I need you, baby."

    He said a curt, "Shhh, Valerie. Tired."

    "Will you just touch me then? Let me put my head on your, should—"

    "SHHHHHH!"

    She bit her lip, held her tongue, lay back wide-eyed, stared at the ceiling and made herself not cry. Fighting the tears made her head ache. A few minutes later, he pushed the covers back and stormed into the bathroom. She habitually moved closer to his side so he'd have to touch her when he got back into the bed. He closed the door and it was quiet, too quiet. No sounds of fluids breaking fluids. No water running. Silent. A minute later, she heard him let out a rude, muffled groan. The bathroom door unlocked and opened. When Walter walked back out, he didn't flush the toilet or wash his hands. When he crawled back under the covers, she waited to feel him bump her before scooting back to her side. His body temperature was up. His penis, a self-satisfied limp. She moved to the far side of the bed. All of her urges to touch him or be touched by him had died. Two minutes later, he was sound asleep.

    She mumbled, "I should've bit that fucker off."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2008

    Good Book :)

    This was the first book that I read by EJD. I read this book in 3 days and thought that it was a pretty good book. It wasn't the best book, but it was a very good read. I'm pretty sure his other books are better because this was his first book. I'd recommend that you buy this book. It's at a really good price too.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2008

    GREAT BOOK!!!!

    I am a first timer to the Eric Jerome Dickey phenomenon. I had heard so many great things about his work that I decided to start with the first book. I could not put the book down! I could relate to ALL of the characters. It is always good to have family and friends on your side when you need them. This book reflected just how important people are in your life. This book was much better than I imagined. I give 'ejd' a standing ovation and I can not wait to read the next book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2013

    SEQUEL

    CHICKEN IS AWESOME WISHED IT TALKED MIRE ABOUT BROWN AND CHIQUITA

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    Great read!

    I loved this book! I couldnt seem to put the book down... i loved Inda. She is a bad chick!!! Lol

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2012

    GOOD READ

    Not my favorite EJD book, but definately a touching and sometimes funny story that I really enjoyed reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2012

    One of my favs from EJD!!

    I love EJD and allnof his books!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2010

    Great Book

    Great book and easy read.

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  • Posted June 24, 2009

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    Really Impressive

    I was impressed with the story line. Sister, Sister was a really good read. I recommensd this book to any woman who is fed up with a good-for-nothing man. I like in the story how Valerie and Inda are total opposites of each other. What happened in Chiquita's life was pretty sad.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2008

    This was one of his best books

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Most Authors first one to three books are their best and I would definitely say that about Sister Sister. It is a must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2007

    Not chronicled very well.

    Too much jumping around, I got lost. Started out really slow, sped up then got all out of order. I had to backtrack to figure out what was going on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2006

    Good Book

    THIS IS THE THIRD NOVEL I'VE READ FROM MY COLLECTION OF EJD NOVELS... IT WAS A PRETTY ENTERTAINING BOOK... IT WASN'T THE BEST I'VE READ BUT IT WAS FAR FROM THE WORST... I READ IT IN TWO DAYS, I LOVED INDA'S CHARACTER, THOUGHT IT WAS KINDA WEIRD HOW HER AND CHIQUITA MET BUT I APPLAUDED HER FOR REMAINING HER FRIEND AFTER WHAT SHE SAW CAUSE MOST WOMEN WOULD'VE LEFT HER TRIFLING BEHIND ALONE... I ADMIRED THE WAY VALERIE LOVED HER HUSBAND AND IN THE END SHOWED HIM THAT SHE WASN'T THE WOMAN HE THOUGHT SHE WAS...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2006

    good read

    this book was okay, ive read seven of his books and my goal is to read every one of them...i liked this book but i just thought that the ending wasnt very good because i wanted to know what happened with chiquita and brown...Inda was my favorite character because she seemed to be the one with the most sense...THE OTHER WOMAN is still by far my favorite book by EJD...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2006

    Ok but not the best!!!

    This book was kind of dry. Maybe because it was a male writing in a womans point of view. It was not a page turner. It was good but he dragged it out a little to long.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2005

    read better

    I don't know this was my second EJD book and I found it very boring and slow. The characters had little substance and absolutly no depth. I felt like each woman in the story was a typical sterotype of a black woman. Loud mouth, loose, etc. I only read this book because I needed something to preoccupy me at work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2005

    7th Book read by EJD

    The sisterhood in this book was really good. I like the way EJD portrayed the fact that women go back to losers even when they find out the guy is a loser, it shows realism. I also like the way the women left those same losers when they had had enough, it shows growth. However, this book was not as good as the others were, it is obvious that he has grown as a writer (his descriptiveness improved as well as his raunchyness), which is great. I think that if I had read this one first I would appreciate it more. The storyline was good but the drama seemed to lead up suspensefully and then just be over. It was an ok read. I recommend new readers to read this one first and then move on to the others. Then it won't seem like he left you hanging. It said somewhere that readers should read this one first, but I didnt. I wish I would have, then I would have probably given this 4 stars. Next I'm getting Drive Me Crazy and Genevieve.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2004

    This Book is A Very Exciting Novel 2 Read.

    I liked this book alot and I would like to have my son and kids to read this book when they get older. I am only 13 years old and I think that this book deserves a golden medal. It is very interesting and I really like it most becuz I live in L.A. and I knew every place they was talking about in this book. I also enjoyed how the character's in this book communicated with each other. The words and everything in this story was understood very well and could almost be visualized. Eric Jerome Dickey you did a good job on this book and I would be expecting more from you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2004

    BORING

    This book was VERY slow. It was soo predictable. The fights between the sisters were corny. This was not his best book at all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2004

    Fake sistas real problems

    Eric Jerome Dicky Is a great writer i enjoyed sista sista i like how they handled their problems instead of being all ghetto. Me being only 13 I really enjoyed this book even though its past ninth grade reading level next I plan on reading Milk in My Coffee.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2003

    Leisure

    I am always interested in things that goes on in the black communities. This is one of the books that I have red. This book keept me longing chapter after chapter, but it didn't made an impact on me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2003

    Interesting sisters

    I found Sister, Sister to be a interesting story of three women being by each other's side. I felt it was important to show what each woman was going through and I believe EJD showed it very well. The book was interesting and I was determined to finish the book because I wanted to see how it would end. It ended well.

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